Michigan would play a more prominent role in presidential elections under sweeping legislation introduced today by state Rep. Pete Lund that would more fairly award Michigan’s Electoral College votes.
Under the bill, the winner of the presidential election in Michigan would be awarded on a proportional basis. This way, the winner of the popular vote still wins the majority of the electoral votes, while the other candidate would still receive a portion of the vote.
“Michigan is a flyover state for presidential elections, which causes us to miss out on more than simply political ads,” said Lund, R-Shelby Township. “Candidates running for president currently don’t feel the need to come to Michigan in order to win. This proposal would make Michigan an important state for these candidates to visit, forcing them to speak on issues affecting our state, and more importantly, create policies that benefit all Michigan residents.”
The plan being proposed by Lund would give the winner of 50-percent plus one of the popular vote the majority of the Electoral College votes. After that, every one-and-a-half percent of the vote would earn an extra elector for that candidate.
This aspect makes the plan different from a previous plan introduced by Lund, which would have split the Electoral College vote by congressional district.
“This bill guarantees the winner of the popular vote still gets the majority of electors while making Michigan an important state for presidential elections,” Lund said. “Making Michigan a state these candidates have to compete in will bring more attention to the issues facing residents of our state. What’s important to the people of Michigan needs to get attention from and be discussed by these candidates.”
The bill is House Bill 5974 and has been referred to the House Committee on Elections and Ethics.